The story exchange takes the stage at Concordia College symposium

September 30, 2016

Last week, we visited Hi Hat, KY, where high school students learned empathy and exchange within their classrooms. This week, we turn to Moorhead, Minnesota, where Concordia College’s students, teachers and community looked both inward and outward in a symposium on the post-9/11 world called “America & the Middle East: Local and Global Dimensions.”

Narrative 4 was invited to the symposium by Concordia professor Dawn Duncan and student Micaela Gerhardt, both superstar 2016 N4 global summit participants. In two sessions and in front of over 300 faculty and students, Narrative 4 led truly amazing story exchanges between Concordia students and Syrian and Algerian refugees and immigrants, one of which was recorded and you can watch here.  


Student Brayden Drevlow told us, “As a small-town kid from northern Minnesota, I was never exposed to differing cultures when growing up.” His story exchange experience helped combat “perceptions [of people] thrown around that can be completely incorrect.”


We hope you’ll take some time to immerse yourself in their stories by watching the full video. Participant Haroon Hayder, who is of the Yazidi religious minority persecuted and displaced in Iraq, posted on Facebook that the story exchange reminds us “we can stop being small and restricted beings by spreading care, love, empathy, trust and humanity.” Such beautiful words!